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I read a lot when I was a kid. So much so, I can barely remember all of the books, magazines, comics, encyclopedias and articles that I read! I was totally knowledge hungry! There was nothing that could pass in front of me that I didn't want to
But the first, favorite, book that does come to mind was put in front of me around my 14th birthday! I was in 9th Grade English at Cass Tech Detroit, with what I characterized at the time, as an "Angry, Wordy, Crazed" teacher by the name of Mrs. McCampbell! Mrs. McCampbell would literally argue and fight with me about my disdain for present participles, prepositional phrases and The Oxford Comma ...well, maybe not the Oxford Comma, but indeed, all the rest! LOL!
However, one thing I did love about her class, was the reading! She gave us profound, meaningful and lasting epics to consume, which gave me a contrasting view of her, as an insightful, intelligent, beautiful, chocolate skinned Goddess of Knowledge!!! OK...I was only in 9th grade, so I am sure the contrasting description didn't sound that poetic...but that's about what I was thinking! LMBO!
Anyway, back to the task at hand... Mrs. McCampbell was the teacher that introduced me to GREAT literature ... not just the good, or even mediocre, stuff I was ravishing through at the library! She was also the one to introduce me to "To Kill A Mockingbird":
To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee published in 1960. It was immediately successful, winning the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a classic of modern American literature. The plot and characters are loosely based on the author's observations of her family and neighbors, as well as on an event that occurred near her hometown in 1936, when she was 10 years old.The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with the serious issues of rape and racial inequality. The narrator's father, Atticus Finch, has served as a moral hero for many readers and as a model of integrity for lawyers. One critic explains the novel's impact by writing, "In the twentieth century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism."I highly recommend that anyone wanting a very engulfing read, should pick up this book! And when you do, think of my Goddess of Knowledge, and all that she did for this young Black kid from the inner-city and his love of literature ... and eventually, his love of advanced English concepts!
Thanks Mrs. McCampbell ... wherever you are!